Joint release from Cathedral and Roncalli High Schools

Roncalli and Cathedral High Schools announced today that the two schools will resume their football rivalry in the fall of 2023. Roncalli will host the first matchup on October 6, 2023, with Cathedral serving as the host school the following season. Existing contracts with current opponents prevent the schools from playing prior to 2023.

“Cathedral is excited to renew a great Catholic rivalry with our south side rival, Roncalli,” said Cathedral Athletic Director Rick Streiff. “This is great for our kids, as well as our alums.”

“It’s been a work in progress for a few years to get this rivalry back together,” said Roncalli Athletic Director David Lauck. “We play Cathedral in all the other sports, so it’s time to get back together on the gridiron.”

The 52-year history of the Roncalli-Cathedral football rivalry dates back to the first meeting on September 26, 1969, when the two programs faced off at CYO Field in downtown Indianapolis. The two football programs have met 34 times, with 16 of them coming in the regular season. The last segment of the regular season series ran from 2003 through 2010. Roncalli (Class 4A) and Cathedral (5A) head into the 2021 football season as the defending state champions in their respective classes.